Friday, November 19, 2010

Cal Tjader - Live At The Funky Quarters (1972)

Artist:Cal Tjader
Title Of Album:Live At The Funky Quarters
Year Of Release: 1972
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 45:01
Total Size: 118 mb

A 1972 live set, Live at the Funky Quarters is every bit of its time: Cal Tjader's vibraphone is supported by Al Zulaica's electric piano and John Heard's Jaco Pastorious-style bass-as-lead-instrument, giving the whole thing a fusiony sheen that will be the dealbreaker for many listeners. Those not constitutionally averse to early-'70s fusion will find much to enjoy here, however, as Tjader plays with his usual grace and fluidity, and Zulaica's electric piano solos are refreshingly free of Chick Corea-style overplaying. The jazz-rock-inflected reworkings of earlier Tjader favorites like "Manteca" and "Soul Sauce III" -- which features an amazing extended percussion breakdown section buoyed by Heard's rubbery bassline -- work surprisingly well, and newer material like "Philly Mambo" and the delicate allad "Mother and Child" is well-suited to the players' strengths. Most of this album can be found on the CD two-fer Descarga, but that release deletes a funky version of Tjader's tune "Theme," so true fans will want to search for the original vinyl.


01 A1 Leyte (6:30)
02 A2 Mother And Child (5:40)
03 A3 Cubano Chant (4:54)
04 A4 Soul Sauce III (5:48)
05 B1 Philly Mambo (7:00)
06 B2 Davito (4:10)
07 B3 Manteca Theme (7:00)

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Bass - John Heard
Congas - Michael Smithe
Drums - Dick Berk
Electric Piano - Al Zulaica
Engineer [Live] - Gary Stauffer
Engineer [Remix] - Jim Stern
Producer - Ed Bogas
Vibraphone, Percussion - Cal Tjader


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